A. M. Rathnam
|A. M. Rathnam|
|Residence||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Awards||Filmfare Awards South|
Under the gamut of Sri Surya Movies Entertainment, Hyderabad, a movie production house owned by him, he has produced blockbusters in Telugu such as Karthavyam (1991), Peddarikam (1992) and Sneham Kosam (1999).
He ventured into Tamil cinema in 1996 with the blockbuster, Indian, which was India's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. He then produced films like Kushi, Run, Boys, Enakku 20 Unakku 18, Dhool, Ghilli, 7G Rainbow Colony and Arrambam.
Rathnam was born in Buchi Reddy Palem (Buchireddipalem) of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, into a Telugu family. Rathnam has two sons, director-cum-actor Jyothi Krishna and actor Ravi Krishna. Jyothi Krishna's directorial debut Enakku 20 Unakku 18 and its Telugu version as well as Ravi Krishna's first four films, that also includes Jyothi Krishna's second directorial Kedi, were all produced by Rathnam himself. In 2012, he built a temple for Shirdi Sai Baba at his office premises in Valasaravakkam.
Ratnam started his career as a make up man for South lady superstar Vijayashanti. With the support from the actress he produced his first film in 1990 Karthavyam. Vijayashanti won National Award for the Best Actress for this film. He made films with Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and many other super stars. He later began producing films in Tamil and Hindi as well, particularly high-profile and big budget films, besides dubbing and releasing several films in other languages. He went on to finance Shankar's Indian, which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil and was later submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Nayak: The Real Hero and Sneham Kosam starring Megastar Chiranjeevi.
Rathnam produced the Tamil romance film Kushi starring Vijay and its same-titled Telugu remake the following year starring Pawan Kalyan, both of which were directed by S. J. Surya and became highly successful. During the early 1990s he directed two films Peddarikam and Sankalpam in Telugu. He has also written the screenplay for the film Naaga.
- Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil – Indian (1996)
- Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil – Natpukkaga (1998)
|1991||Karthavyam||Telugu||Vijayashanti won National Award for Best Actress|
|1992||Peddarikam||Telugu||Also Screenplay & Direction|
|1994||Sankalpam||Telugu||Also Screenplay & Direction|
|1996||Indian||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
Dubbed into Telugu as Bharateeyudu.
|1998||Ellame En Pondaati||Tamil|
|1999||Kadhalar Dhinam||Tamil||Dubbed in to Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein and Telugu as Premikula Roju|
|2001||Nayak: The Real Hero||Hindi|
|2003||Enakku 20 Unakku 18||Tamil|
|2003||Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu||Telugu|
|2004||7G Rainbow Colony||Tamil|
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